Are two DJs better than one? The vote’s still out in the office, but with talented duo’s like Maximals breaking onto the scene we’re starting to think so. Especially when they produce masterful tracks like Fall In Line and Dancin that we keep coming back to. During our interview with them we learned how to say dickhead in Italian, and that going to bed early where they're from is around 11:30pm (late is after 3am obviously). Only the important stuff, remember? Please welcome Davide and Riccardo of Maximals!
Guys! Stoked to have you 60 Questions. Shall we get started?
Riccardo: Let’s do it!
Awesome. What did you guys do today?
Davide: I recorded a few guitar licks for a new track!
Riccardo: I’m studying to be an engineer- I had to cram for a test haha.
Sounds busy! You guys are from Italy right?
Davide: Yeah! I’m from Savona- the most beautiful yet boring town in all the world.
Riccardo: I’m from Varazze! A small town near Savona. Not as boring though.
Where’s your favorite place to hangout in Savona?
Davide: There isn't too much to do, especially during winter. But, if you have your best friend you can literally do anything and it’ll be fun.
Riccardo: Davide’s right, there’s not much to do here. Some of the young people hang out at the docks near the sea, but for the most part it’s pretty dead.
When did you guys meet each other?
Davide: In 2012, I think? I don't even remember how we started talking actually haha
Riccardo: I remember! I was a fan of Davide’s at first. Then one day we met at the studio and started creating music together. I didn’t take long for us to realize that we worked really well together, and we started the duo soon after.
It must’ve been fate! How many languages do you guys speak?
Davide: So far, just Italian and English. I've studied French as well but I don't like it very much.
Riccardo: Italian and a little bit of English. I’ve also studied Spanish!
Your English seems pretty good to me! What’s your favorite saying in Italian?
Davide: "Al cuor non si comanda". It means you have no control over your heart.
Riccardo: That’s a good one.
What’s your favorite Italian food?
Davide: Definitely pizza. I'm a classic Italian guy!
Riccardo: I’m more of a Bolognese pasta kind of guy. Sushi is pretty rad as well!
You guys are making me hungry haha. What was your big breakthrough when you thought, wow Maximals is really getting big?
Davide: To be honest, I’m still trying to understand what’s happening. I’m always excited and embarrassed when someone asks me for a picture.
Riccardo: We still have a lot of work to do, but I would say when we went on stage with Nicky Romero presenting our first track Dancin. That was a big milestone for us.
Totally. Another track we really like is Fall In Line, what was your inspiration for it?
Davide: Actually it came out of no where! When Bout and Sovth sent us the idea I was like "Oh my god I have to work with these vocals because they’re awesome." We worked on it at Riccardo's house and three days later we had the first version of the track.
Riccardo: Davide said it well, we really fell in love with the vocals and decided to rework it to our style.
That’s awesome. What song gets you turnt in the club?
Davide: Okay, it might be strange but it’s Hey Ya by Outkast. I love that one!
Riccardo: I don’t wanna be generic so let’s go with The Weekend by Michael Gray
What’s your favorite thing about being a DJ?
Davide: Definitely making people smile with the music we create.
Riccardo: Same, but also watching people dance to our music!
Awesome. Ok, the next 5 questions are game we call Hot and Cool. Basically, you have to decide whether you would date this person who’s super hot and super cool, but they have a weird condition.
Davide: Haha ok.
Riccardo: Weird, but let’s do it.
So, hot and cool, but they call you sparky instead of your real name.
Davide: Might be interesting, but I have to pass on this one haha.
Riccardo: Not for me!
Hot and cool, but bring a broom with them wherever they go.
Davide: Down… but only if they are Emma Watson!
Riccardo: Why not? The floor will be clean for sure!
Haha this is true. Hot and cool, but won’t let you drive whenever you’re in a car.
Davide: Definitely ok with this, I love the passenger seat!
Riccardo: Also ok for me, talk about convenient.
Hot and cool, but collect candles and leave them all over your apartment.
Davide: Uh I don’t think so...
Riccardo: Oh hell no!
Hot and cool, but think your parents are foreign spies.
Davide: I like crazy… but not that crazy! Nope.
Riccardo: Why not? Very Liam Neeson of her.
Well done! Okay back to normal questions. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Davide: America! I want to visit all the places where my favorite movies have been filmed.
Riccardo: Alaska, I really want to see the Northern Lights.
Nice! Who’s your celebrity crush?
Davide: Cameron Diaz.
Riccardo: I have a thing for Mila Kunis for sure.
Don’t we all. What’s your favorite food?
Davide: Chocolate ice cream, yum.
Riccardo: Tiramisù or Cheesecake.
So good! What’s a gig you guys have coming up that you’re super stoked about?
Davide: Protocol label night at Amsterdam Dance Event of course!
Riccardo: Yeah definitely Protocol Night at ADE.
What’s the most memorable gig you’ve ever done?
Davide: Holi Fusion Festival in Turin last year- there were over 10,000 people! It was unreal.
Riccardo: Yeah that was crazy.
What do you guys do to unwind?
Davide: Playing Pink Floyd on my guitar usually works.
Riccardo: It varies from day to day. Sometimes I listen to classical music, sometimes I play the piano.
Both sound nice. What was your favorite moment of the past year?
Davide: The day we received our letter from Protocol Recordings saying that they signed Dancin!
Riccardo: I’m going to go with when I saw Nicky Romero on Facebook Live playing Dancin for the first time at Nameless Festival. That was epic.
That’s sick. Who do you guys look up to the most in the music industry?
Davide: Avicii is my biggest inspiration- my dream is to work with him in the future!
Riccardo: I really love Zhu. I think he’s one of the most original talents out there.
Nice, so if you couldn’t be a musician what would you be? I know, hard question.
Davide: Hmm… probably a boring 26 year old guy complaining about how empty my life is haha
Riccardo: Since I’m studying to be an engineer, I’d probably try that.
What’s your morning routine like?
Davide: I don't have a standard routine, it mostly depends on what I've done the night before.
Riccardo: Yeah it really depends from day to day.
Makes sense. What’s your favorite comedy movie?
Davide: The Naked Gun saga.
Riccardo: American Beauty!
Favorite action movie?
Davide: Batman- The Dark Knight.
Davide: The smirk emoji! it can be used for almost everything.
Riccardo: I'm going to go with the mischievous devil one haha.
What’s your favorite song to blast in the car?
Davide: Beside house music, I like to listen all Timbaland/Justin Timberlake's stuff from the late 2000’s. Still so good!
Riccardo: Lately I’ve been listening to Kiss a lot!
Fair enough. What’s your spirit animal?
Davide: Definitely an owl.
Riccardo: Let’s go with an eagle.
Who makes you laugh the most?
Davide: Most people haha.
Riccardo: My girlfriend.
Aw! If you owned a bar, what would it be called?
Davide: The Drunken Clam. No explanation needed right?
Ok, onto the next section called this or that. We’re gonna ask you which of two things you like more. Ready?
AC Milan or Juventus?
Davide: AC Milan, since I was a baby!
Riccardo: Can I say AS Roma?
Mac or PC?
London or Paris?
Davide: London is magical!
Riccardo: Yeah same for me, I’ve never been to Paris.
Snowboarding or surfing?
Davide: I’ve never tried either!
Cake or ice cream?
Davide: It depends on what type of cake it is I Think.
Riccardo: Cake definitely.
Casual or serious?
Davide: Casual for life!
Snapchat or Instagram?
Davide: Wait, is Snapchat still a thing? Instagram.
Riccardo: Yeah Instagram.
Morning or night?
Riccardo: Night! The atmosphere is better.
Salty or sweet?
Davide: Definitely sweet.
Riccardo: Sweet! Like CJ from Grand Theft Auto San Andreas says haha.
Haha that’s hilarious. Negroni or Campari?
Davide: Negroni but only if there's nothing else left.
Riccardo: I honestly don’t remember what a Negroni tastes like. Campari?
Awesome, thanks guys! Back to normal questions. If you could do a collab with anyone right now, who would it be?
Davide: Zedd, Avicii, Nicky Romero of course... and Throttle. That dude is awesome.
Riccardo: Certainly Nicky Romero, but Florian Picasso or Throttle would be cool as well.
What’s your pre-show ritual?
Davide: Nothing special, we just go and play music!
Riccardo: I like to analyze the crowd first- it helps me calm down. I usually start with that.
Gotcha. What’s you favorite venue to play at?
Davide: I honestly don't have a favorite yet- I want to play at more venues then decide.
Riccardo: For me it’s Tomorrowland for sure.
Favorite country to play at?
Davide: Italy of course!
Riccardo: Surely America? Italy isn’t bad either.
Haha we’d love to have you! What time do you typically go to bed at?
Davide: Usually around 3am, maybe even later if it's the weekend.
Riccardo: Early, like 11pm/11:30pm. But on the weekends I’m up like Davide- usually around 3am.
Wow you guys are night owls! What time do you typically get up?
Davide: Too early- especially when I’ve been up past 3am.
Riccardo: Ugh same.
Rise and grind, am I right? What’s your favorite curse word?
Davide: "Cazzo", which means dick. I also like the variation in my town's dialect, which is “Belin".
Riccardo: “Coglione” which means dickhead. I say it to many of my friends haha.
What’s the best thing about the internet?
Riccardo: All those stupid videos you waste time watching.
Where’s your favorite place to go on the internet?
Davide: I know what you're expecting to hear... but let’s go with Facebook.
Riccardo: Good question, I use the internet a lot- Facebook, Soundcloud and Instagram probably the most.
Who’s your favorite style icon?
Davide: Hmmm I don't really have one.
Riccardo: Let’s go with Drew Taggart from The Chainsmokers.
Do you have any tattoos?
Davide: Would love to, but I'm scared of getting one haha.
Riccardo: Nah, I’m not really into that.
Favorite show on Netflix right now?
Davide: I don't have Netflix!
Riccardo: Narcos- season three is awesome.
Such a good show. Which historical figure would you like to meet the most?
Riccardo: Hmmm… I’d love to meet Jesus.
Alright, last one. If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?
Davide: David Guetta!
Riccardo: Surely Martin Garrix.
This interview has been edited and condensed.